Patrick Visser aka. GrooveFunk
DJ / Producer
Some may still know him as DJ Candyman, some call him DJ Groove.
Now known as GrooveFunk he produces a groovy, body moving House music that is Jackin' House.
What is Jackin' House?
While it is true that back in the day “Jackin” referred to a style of dance, today it more commonly associated with a nuskool style of “primarily” sample based house music called “Jackin House” that is largely characterized by it’s urban/street attitude, shuffly/skippy percussion, big funky basslines, and chopped up samples from styles such as hip-hop, rnb, jazz, swing, funk, & disco. It typically is a more “energetic” and “faster” form of house normally falling in the 126 to 130 bmp range but it can contain deeper & moodier elements as well. Often jokingly referred to as “dude house” or “gangsta house”.
Back in the Studio
Last updated 7 September 2021
Recording this EP is going to create some heat. Well there's something cooking in the kitchen.
With inspiration from artists like Tommy Largo, Angelo Ferreri, Gramophonedzie and Crazibiza. GrooveFunk is unifying an upbeat Jazz, toe-tapping Swing and Chicago House to create a body moving sound experience.
Stay tuned, keep groovin'.
GrooveFunk EP Release Coming Soon!
You need to generate a lot of heat if you want to be a sought after DJ, but if there's one thing GrooveFunk has — besides a way on the wheels of steel, billion-dollar beats, and globally infectious hooks — it's charm by the boatload. Always impeccably dressed in sharp clothing, GrooveFunk enters the room in remarkable style. GrooveFunk has the ability to make everyone he meets feel at home. He's the consummate professional: confident and charismatic — a true star.
GrooveFunk's magnetic personality electrifies any dance floor— a spicy, stylish stew of beats, and hooks influenced by the music GrooveFunk has absorbed growing up and living in New Zealand and abroard, which "claims a wide range of dance-driven sounds" says GrooveFunk, who performed in such far-flung locales in Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo among others, while producing the funkiest of Jackin House beats.
To blend such diverse sounds into a seamless flow, GrooveFunk says "The goal for the d-floor is to pack it with dancers," GrooveFunk says. "I want each track to be a huge hit with the crowd, not just two records. Music's gotta flow."
Songs are hand-picked for the crowd, but GrooveFunk has already proven that he can cross over to rock, classic wedding, pop audiences and EDM with ease. His sound, combining classic beats and Euro-dance elements with fierce rhymes and sizzling pop hooks, has proven to be a winner on the dance floor.
On stage, GrooveFunk truly brings this highly personalised combination of styles to life by harnessing the raw energy of the crowd. The interplay between the crowd and the DJ creates a festive and spontaneous atmosphere that would be impossible to duplicate if GrooveFunk performed only by spinning tracks. "When the congas are pounding and the bass is thumping, nothing can touch me. It feels like I'm riding a bolt of lighting." But the real beauty of Groove DJs is that its creator never forgets his roots, and GrooveFunk's wide-eyed appreciation for how far he has come grounds his irresistible mixes in a relatable humanity.
GrooveFunk learned the power of turntables from a young age. In 1992, hanging out in the clubs of Wellington, New Zealand, he managed to land his first residency at Euroclub and performing everywhere else he could. GrooveFunk caught a break when another DJ invited him to appear on his Saturday night sessions at Sugar Reef in Auckland. GrooveFunk capitalised on the opportunity by following it up with several well-received mixes and scratches earning him a pleasant reputation, his DJ name and became a most versatile DJ. Through collaborations with his colleagues GrooveFunk scored a number of club gigs.
A residency at Planet Earth Nightclub gained GrooveFunk the reputation as an all round party DJ, playing those cheesy old tracks DJs hate to admit to EVER playing... "It wasn't me!" A few years down the track GrooveFunk, frustrated with the lack of House music scene in Whangarei, opened his first bar The Mezzanine - Whangarei's first Techno music nightclub. A year later he opened a massive nightclub, Insomniakz. Playing alongside guest DJs like Sam Hill, Sample Gee, General Lee, Greg Churchill, Andy Vann and Mikey Havoc, back in the day. His popularity grew stronger and his taste for House Music went even deeper. GrooveFunk also gained frequent flyer miles at The Old Stone Butterfactory and Salut playing alongside Recloose, Nathan Haynes, Soane and Chris Cox. This is where GrooveFunk developed the taste for Jackin House music. Those groovy beats you just can't help but move your feet to.
After settling back in Tauranga, GrooveFunk continues to be recognised for his work. He is truly the most sought after DJ in the Bay. Legendary!
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